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About Pakistan. Currency used in Pakistan: Pakistani Rupee  Languages used in Pakistan: Urdu is the official language. English is also used. Visa requirements to visit Pakistan: Click here to get complete and latest updated Pakistan visa information : Safety tips for travelling in Pakistan
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Foreigners should beware while going to crowded areas such as markets and tourist places as there is a risk of bombings. Also, there have been instances where foreigners were kidnapped for the purpose of receiving ransom. Political marches and parades should be avoided too, as they have a tendency to get violent. Before arriving in Pakistan, obtain a No Objection certificate from the local authorities. For this, you may have to let them know of your travel plans and important documents such as passport and visa. Many areas within the country of Pakistan are closed to foreigners.  Some of these areas are the Federally Administered Tribal Areas or FATAs, the city of Peshawar, the Khyber Pakhtunwala Province, and some parts of Balochistan. Robberies and carjacking are common in Pakistan. Thus, one should be vigilant and keep money divided in different bags. There may be frauds involving your credit cards and also thefts of passports. If you are a foreign national, avoid walking alone at night, and be cautious if you choose to use public transport. If you plan to travel by taxi, book reputable ones beforehand instead of hailing one on the street. Women are not expected to travel all alone during night-time. Companies which have women working after 7 o’ clock have to provide for their transportation home. Women should be careful not to expose parts of their bodies or wear loose-fitting clothes.   Emergency contact numbers in Pakistan: Police contact number in Pakistan: 15 Ambulance number in Pakistan: 115 Fire brigade number in Pakistan: 16 NOTE: Please refer to trusted sources of news in Pakistan and consult travel agents for latest and updated information before visiting Pakistan. : Health tips to consider while visiting Pakistan
What are the mandatory vaccinations required to enter Pakistan? Poliovirus vaccines Also consult with medical professional and visit the website on centre for disease control & prevention DPT- diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus MMR- measles/mumps/rubella NOTE: Tourists need to consult a travel agent for latest and updated information on required vaccination prior to their departure to visit Pakistan. Other optional but recommended Vaccination for Travellers visiting Pakistan: Typhoid Polio Rabies- especially for those who is visiting rural areas Yellow fever Japanese encephalitis- especially for those who are staying there for more than one month Hepatitis-A Hepatitis-B Other health risks: Malaria, dengue and chikungunya. What type of Health Insurance is valid for Tourists or Visitors in Pakistan? Consult your medical service provider for the facilities related to the medical terms that will they cover emergency expenses. Ambulance services are very limited in urban centres. Medicare facilities are adequate in large cities. Always carry some cash for emergency and some hospitals accept only cash in advance. NOTE: Tourists or Visitors need to consult medical travel insurance providers and/or travel agents to know details about insurance policy limitations in Pakistan and whether it covers all expenses or not in case of medical emergency during your stay in Pakistan. Health tips while travelling to Pakistan: Carry full medical prescription and the basic medicines which can be used in general like: stomach ache, joint pains etc. But must cross check the drugs which you carrying with you may be banned in that country. Prevent insect bites. Sanitize your hands always. Drink bottled water only. NOTE: While you are recommended to carry prescription from home country some medicines may not be legal or available in Pakistan. Travellers are recommended to consult a travel agent and medical advisers for alternative medicines in Pakistan. : Customs followed in Pakistan
What is the etiquette for meeting in Pakistan? Greetings among people of the same gender are pretty common. However, greetings between different sexes are becoming acceptable in the huge middle class. Once you get acquainted to a person properly, the greeting may include a hug and shaking of hands. Females use hugs and kisses are forms of greetings. They may take a decent amount of time to get to know you. They will ask you about elaborate stuff pertaining to your family, health, and work. While addressing someone, use a prefix which is suitable to his or her occupation and class position. People often have elaborate names and could lose meaning if only parts are used. Thus, ask the person himself what he or she would like to be called. People don’t address using first names unless they are very close.   What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in Pakistan? If you get the opportunity to be invited to a Pakistani’s house, make sure you bring along quality chocolates or flowers for the hostess. Men should refrain from giving flowers to a woman directly. Avoid presenting white-coloured flowers as they are associated with weddings. If a man has to give flowers to a lady, he must specifically mention that they are on the behalf of any of his female relative. Do not give gifts which have alcoholic content. Gifts are presented using two hands and are usually not opened in presence of the giver. What is the proper etiquette for eating in Pakistan? If you receive an invitation to a Pakistani person’s residence, remember to remove footwear outside the door unless the host himself is wearing shoes. Clothe yourself in a conservative manner. Try to arrive at least fifteen minutes late than the time allotted to you if invited to a household. In case of a party, delay of up to one hour is acceptable.  Greet the elders of the family first to convey respect. In rural settings, the dining table may only be up to knee length. Diners have to sit on the floor in such conditions. Even in urban areas, people do not use eating utensils such as spoons and forks on a regular basis. However, families which are westernized may do so. Observe the hosts and then then follow suit if you are doubtful about how the food is to be eaten. People are served in a certain priority sequence. First the guests, then the elders and then everybody in descending order of their ages are served. Refrain from starting to eat before the eldest person does so. Out of generosity, they may persuade you to take second or even third helpings. If you are satisfied, you may state so directly to the host. Refrain from eating with your left hand. Things you should know before going to Pakistan? Religion constitutes a major part of the lives of Pakistanis, with Islam being the widely followed religion. Learn about their traditions and ways, and learn to respect it. Foster good relations with your Pakistani counterparts as they prefer working with people whom they know on a personal basis. They have a group-oriented way of life, and such approach would surely prove helpful. Get you recommended and introduced to the persons you want to do business with, by a local contact. Be truthful and consistent in your work in order to establish a trust between you and your Pakistani counterparts. Avoid striking down a person’s point in public, who belongs to a higher hierarchal position. Never insult or bluntly embarrass anyone in public. Higher educational qualifications are respected in Pakistan. But be very humble while stating those. Be generous and welcoming. Regularly invite them to tea or meals. : Business etiquette to follow in Pakistan
How to dress for a business meeting in Pakistan? How to greet or address a professional in Pakistan? Spend a decent amount of time greeting people to let them know of your sincerity towards them. As- salaam-o-Alaikum is a common greeting used which means ‘Peace be unto you’. You can also ask general statements like ‘How are you?’, ‘How is your family?’etc. Men greet each other by a handshake followed by a hug. Women typically hug each other only. There is usually no physical contact between people of different genders. However, it is acceptable to receive handshakes from women if they initiate it. What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Pakistan? One should seek prior appointments with companies in writing, especially if it is a government owned enterprise. The best time for a meeting is early afternoon or late in the morning. Also, be careful not to take appointments during the month of Ramadan when they fast and there are less work hours. Arrive on time to meetings even if the Pakistanis don’t. However, Pakistanis who have experience of working with MNCs may be punctual. There are instances when meetings get cancelled without prior notice. Even when meetings are in motion, people may come into the room and start discussing altogether different topics. Meetings take place in a formal manner. Initial meetings constitute of light-hearted talk about family and health. However, refrain from enquiring about a person’s female relatives. Talks about business may not initialize even after the first few couple of meetings in order to establish a good relationship. It is important to look into the person’s eyes directly while talking. What is the proper way to communicate in Pakistan? Be conscious of the power positioning prevalent and communicate with people accordingly. Be extremely social with your colleagues as they trust people only when they know them well and a positive relationship has been established. Be clear and transparent while talking. This helps build up trust. Refrain from asking questions for which the answer will be ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Instead, frame them in such a way that they become open-ended. Take the context and the other person’s behaviour in consideration while talking as Pakistani’s are indirect communicators. Refrain from getting people into situations where they will be embarrassed. : Customs followed in Pakistan